In serving high school students, CSI's skilled trades curriculum includes responsibility,

highly needed soft skills, proactive learning, which provides options after graduation.


Mechatronics is a state-approved Career Technical Education (CTE) program. High School students grades 9 - 12 are able to choose Mechatronics as an elective and earn credit toward their high school graduation requirements while having the chance to earn an industry certification prior to graduating high school. 


Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation and motion. Students develop skills in problem solving, research and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration and presentation. 


Students are introduced to the engineering design process, applying math, science and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems. They work both individually and in collaborative teams to develop and document design solutions using engineering notebooks and 3D modeling software. 


SMCSI's newest course offering is designed to introduce students to the craft of the trade of Carpentry. The carpentry course consists consists of safety and math skills that are reflected in real-life on the job scenarios. Students will complete skill-based projects that help them explore their interests and preferences which helps lead them to set realistic educational and career goals.



Mission Statement - Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry’s objective is to provide opportunities for careers in engineering, sales, manufacturing and advanced manufacturing to improve student performance and workplace readiness by providing 21st century education and training using blended learning with utilization of technology.